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The perfect birthday gift for all ages, this beautiful book will become a compact treasury of the most important dates in the lives of family and friends, an heirloom to be passed down through generations.
Progressing through the months from January to December, legends and traditions from the past are retold depicting the origin of certain customs or beliefs from different cultures, many of which are still reflected in our celebrations today. Each page is supported and surrounded by beautiful coloured illustrations by Annie Hayward depicting the mythical scenes from the text. Each month contains a recipe for a special cake linked to the festivities at that time and includes fascinating detail about a particular detail or ingredient. The signs of the Zodiac and their dates are listed for each month alongside charming references to birthstones and their historical origins, hidden powers and characteristics. A calendar format is used on each page to provide space to enter the birth date of someone special.
Hard cover, 128 pages, full-colour illustrations throughout
This beautiful book will become a compact treasury of your favourite cake recipes and the most important dates in the lives of family and friends – an heirloom to be passed down through generations.
"This little treasure tome has gift written all over it. It is such a beautiful presentation, however, with its heirloom look and witty, pretty paintings, that it might tempt givers to become receivers and stash the book in their own Christmas stocking. The inspiration came from a family birthday book kept by the author's mother – 'near the phone with important dates, birthdays of friends and family, anniversaries and other special celebrations'. Celebrate is part diary, part star signs, part myth and legends and ancient history, but above all a recipe book for those who believe to bake a cake for someone is the best gift of all." – Kate Fraser, The Press
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